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Ask Me Again

Ask, Tell Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Abby Craden
Series: Ask, Tell Series, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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Publisher's Summary

What do you do when the source of all your problems is the one thing you don't know how to fix?   

With Don't Ask, Don't Tell nothing more than an unpleasant memory, US Army surgeon Sabine Fleischer is ready to move on with her life - if she can just figure out how to move past her PTSD. Fresh from her first deployment since surviving a vehicle attack in Afghanistan, Sabine is finding the things she's tried so hard to push aside aren't as easy to ignore as she'd hoped.   

Sabine's girlfriend and ex-commanding officer Rebecca Keane is happily settled into her new job running a trauma department in a civilian hospital. Life with Sabine is everything Rebecca ever wanted. But when Sabine's PTSD reappears worse than before, she's left struggling with her own guilt.   

There's no doubt that both Sabine and Rebecca want the same thing. But how do you help the most important person in your life when they don't want to need your help?

©2018 E. J. Noyes (P)2019 Tantor

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A love story, a lesson in life

I do not know where to start with AMA. It has so many layers, a beautiful love story entwined with a serious condition that kills people and has the potential to destroy families. I would not call this a light romantic story. It’s a story about unconditional love, scars and all. This story is raw and unapologetic in its storyline. This is a love story and so much more.

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  • Cam
  • 06-08-2019

More, more, more!!!

E.J. Noyes has nailed it yet again. I couldn't agree more with one of the other reviewers of this book; so many layers, a beautiful love story entwined within a serious topic. This is a story about unconditional love, scars and all and is wonderful because of it. I enjoyed the novel immensely when it was first released and now even more as an audio book. Fabulous work again by Abby Craden, who always seems to get it right. Please can we have more of these characters and their story.

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Really loved this one, well written and narrated:)

Excellent continued character development. Great sequel. Worth your time. Amazing writing. Really enjoyed it thankyou :)

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I love this series!

E.J Noyes and Abby Craden ..you make listening to this series so enjoyable.
I can't wait for the next book.

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  • JK
  • 19-07-2019

Outstanding

The reality of the content is so stark and well written, addressing PTSD, love, family. The narration is just superb. Noyes and Craden , perfect together, I could not stop listening! Intelligent, sexy, and real. Top notch. Bravo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-2019

Phenomenal

This is one of the best book series I've ever read. Everything about it was utterly amazing. The plot. The characters. Everything. There was nothing about this series that I did not enjoy. And Abby Craden had quickly become my favorite narrator of all time. She narrates these characters with such emotion that there were more than a few times when one of the characters was in tears and her portrayal of it alone had me in tears as well. I highly recommend this series and this narrator.

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  • CameeW
  • 03-08-2019

Great Story!

Having read Ask, Tell the characters, Sabine, Rebecca, Jana, Mitch and the rest of the gang were familiar and like visiting friends. This story delves Into PTSD and how it affects the one experiencing it, as well as all those close to him or her. EJ Noyes has weaved an intense story about the struggles of PTSD illustrating the pain, confusion and despair felt by Sabine. Abby Craden, as ever, gives a stellar performance, which breathes life into these characters. Bravo!

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  • Kristy
  • 02-08-2019

You need this book in your life

This book was OMG awesome. It was so powerful once it got going I had to take it slow so I could absorb everything that was happening this story hits close to home for me and anyone that deals with a high level of anxiety. Noyes did an awesome job writing these characters and I can only hope that they continue to talk to her so she can continue there story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-2019

A beautiful story

I absolutely loved this story. It made me cry, laugh and blush. It also helped me work through some of my own issues.

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  • Jlnicky
  • 19-07-2019

PTSD 101 - yay abby and EJ.

My Blurb about this book was Sabine has PTSD, Rebecca and Sabine are reuniting after her 10 month deployment in Afganistan. The relationship has some internal flaws for each of them regarding the PTSD and reuniting. It is a very clear emotional upheaval and it progresses to a breaking point. Very well thought out. PTSD sucks.

Characters....were realistic and likable and were exactly like what I read in book 1. That takes some writing skills. Sometimes the author writes a characters disposition differently in followup books. Sabine was the same in so many intense moments and ABBY CRADEN portrayed her EXACTLY like the original book. They must have recorded these together??
Anyway characters Sabine, Rebecca, Jana, and Mitch were so recognizable and gloriously the same from the first book. I'm pretty sure EJ Noyes is writing a book about Jana since she developed that smart-ass extremely engaging super sister so well.
Mitch and his southern drawl was great Abby.

Plot...I felt it was a great read and really had wonderful PTSD moments and things were written in the right order but it was super depressing. I guess the author did her job. Still, I just loved scenes like the homeless vet, and the moment with the champagne cork and the cat, but to read/listen to all that overwhelming depression and anxiety and self loathing, was really hard. It was spot on for the topic. And it was really written well. But hard.

Performance was excellent and downright amazing, actually. Voices were thrown around like candy. It was really well read.

4 out of 5 overall. Loved the entertainment EJ. I'll read the next one.
Thanks.

JLNicky.

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  • Susan Belvin
  • 18-07-2019

Amazing story

Wow, well written and I couldn’t stop listening as I had to see what was going to happen next. Where’s the next one?

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  • IMO
  • 17-07-2019

More please.

Loved this book. I could read anything written by this author. Great characters and a stunning story. This read certainly had the emotional roller coaster moving. I look forward to more.

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  • TH
  • 17-07-2019

A great book and brilliant audiobook

This was the highly anticipated sequel to Noyes’ debut novel ‘Ask, Tell’. Although technically not necessary to read the first installment to enjoy this one, I highly recommend doing so in order to fully grasp the dynamics within the story.

‘Ask Me Again’ picks up 2 years after the end of the first book. Surgeon Rebecca Keane is now retired from the Army and runs a civilian trauma center in Washington DC. Captain Sabine Fleischer is finishing her second to last deployment before fulfilling her contract with the Army. Everything should be perfect now that they found a way to be together, however, they are both reeling from ‘The Incident’ and Sabine’s subsequent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Can their love be enough to keep them together?

The mains in this story are very likable and already established from the previous book. Now, this one is narrated from Sabine and Rebecca’s alternating first person point of view. This opens up the storytelling and we get to hear about Bec’s struggles too, which would be too easy to miss if only Sabine was narrating like in the first book. I also got the story of how Bec felt and managed during the immediate period after ‘The Incident’, which I wondered about since reading it.

I also tried to imagine what would be the aftermath of such a traumatic event. PTSD is a term that gets thrown around frequently, but I doubt people in general understand what it means or how crippling it can be. Sabine is an accomplished surgeon with a great support system, yet can not help feel impaired by the disorder. Her struggles taint what should otherwise be a beautiful relationship with Bec, a rewarding career and simply, her independent and capable self.

I had the opportunity to listen to the recently released audiobook. As with the first installment, Abby Craden was the narrator. I can say without a doubt, this one is my favorite performance by Ms Craden. The book is full of high and lows (ok, mostly lows) and the narrator totally enhances the feelings in the story. The happiness and the sorrow, it is all beautifully told with such sentiment, that is difficult to not get totally wrapped in the story and root for these characters to find a way out of their predicament. I most definitely felt more connected with Bec, and Ms Craden simply made her feel as someone any person could love. I’m not a fan of calling someone darling, but I love when Bec calls Sabine that! Somehow it is not stiff and proper but rather sweet and caring. Even amongst all the sadness, Ms Noyes injects her ever present witty dialog and Ms Craden also pulls that off magnificently. The narrator took an already fantastic book and made it even better. This one is a true synergistic collaboration between author and narrator.

At the end of the day, this is a terrific love story and a brilliantly narrated audiobook that will appeal to all fans of the genre. 5+ stars

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  • DB
  • 14-07-2019

The sign of a good story...

is becoming totally immersed in it. And damn, this one went beyond immersion. The second in the Ask,Tell series, this one is a gem. The alternating chapters from the point of view of the two main characters makes the story so much more rich than telling from just one angle. While ultimately a love story, we watch as both Sabine and Rebecca struggle through Sabine's PTSD in all it's manifestations. If you have ever dealt with anxiety or PTSD, you will relate. If you haven't, you'll begin to understand. Excellent story. Excellently performed by Abby Craden. It will leave you craving the next installment.

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  • ClaireLJS
  • 11-07-2019

Wow! Wow! Wow!

This performance of an excellent book is incredible. I was totally immersed in the story. Abby Craden’s skilful switching of the two main character’s narration for each chapter, conveying their differing perspectives and inner turmoil, was perfectly captured. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Amazing.

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